Who Will Lead the NFL in Tackles in 2017?
At some point they’ll have to run out of possible NFL prop bets over at LadBrokes, but until they do we’ll keep posting them. Their latest prop is on the 2017 tackles leader. Let’s take a look.
The top three players on the list come as little surprise. Bobby Wagner led the league in tackles last season, finishing with 167 tackles, 22 more than any other player. Kwon Alexander finished 4th in the NFL last season with 145 tackles, but led the league with 108 solo tackles. Given that it was only his second career season, there’s plenty of reason to believe he could compete for the the league lead this season.
And of course there’s Luke Kuechly, who has been a tackling machine since he entered the league in 2012. Kuechly missed the last six games of 2016 to injury, but his 102 tackles through the first ten games put him on pace for 163 given a full, healthy season. In a category that generally doesn’t have much year-to-year consistency, Kuechly offers some, recording 150+ tackles in each of his full seasons.
If you’re looking for more of a dark horse, keep an eye on Jatavis Brown at +6600. The Chargers’ second year linebacker is coming off a rookie year in which he only played in 12 games, and started in only seven, but still recorded 79 tackles. The Chargers are changing to a 4-3 system this season, which may move Brown to an outside position. But given his athletic ability (4.47 40-time), he should be able to track down ball carriers with ease, and that tackle total should rise considerably.
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